5 Nov 2013

Musharraf granted bail in mosque raid case

10:36 am on 5 November 2013

A court in Pakistan has granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case over a raid on a mosque in Islamadad.

The operation ordered by General Musharraf on the besieged Red Mosque left a cleric and more than 100 others dead, and fuelled a deadly militant insurgency inside Pakistan which continues to this day.

The court approved bail on condition Mr Musharraf pay bonds totalling $2,000.

The BBC reports he has now been bailed in all the cases against him, which makes it likely he will be released from house arrest.

Earlier this year, he returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile to fight elections - which were won by Nawaz Sharif, the man he ousted in his 1999 coup - but swiftly ran into trouble.

He was barred from running in the general election, and was placed under house arrest in April in the first of a series of cases relating to his time in power from 1999-2008.

He faces murder trials over the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. He has also been charged over his attempt to sack the higher judiciary in 2007.